Bobby Shmurda‘s meteoric rise to fame in 2014 came to a screeching halt after he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and weapons possession — now he’s seemingly turned his life around and is urging kids to steer clear of rap music because it’s “dangerous.”
The Brooklyn MC, who served nearly seven years in prison, got candid about his decision to absolve himself of rap during his recent appearance on The Danza Project podcast. At one point in the conversation, Bobby Shmurda even claimed that his reason was linked to the younger generation of rappers leading children astray.
“These kids are following you guys, and you’re rapping about these fucking lifestyles…and it’s very dangerous to the communities [because] these little kids [really] think that [it’s] going on, and you did not even live [any] [of] [it],” the rapper said.
And now, as a result, Shmurda reveals that he no longer likes rap and only catches new music when clubbing. In his opinion, rap music is meant to uplift people, not influence negativity.
He continued: “Rap is supposed to be telling muthafuckas to go from negative to positive, coming from poverty to go to riches…and how to stay in that and how to change. That’s the shit that I want to hear. I wanna hear about living life…”
Rather than listening to rap music, Shmurda prefers reggae these days. In fact, he even stated that he is so out of the loop that another rapper could have dissed him in a song, and he wouldn’t have even noticed.
“I don’t know nothing about no rappers,” he added. “[The] only time I listen to rap is when I’m in the club.”
This isn’t the first time Bobby Shmurda has discussed his decision to step away from rap music and make a change. Back in March, Bobby took to Instagram to share his journey toward self-improvement after committing a number of criminal offenses.
His message was clear: Shmurda is ready to pursue a productive and successful future, and he’s determined to make the best use of his time.
In the post, the rapper can be seen sitting among other individuals in a meeting. “Me explaining how I shot 13 people, sold drugs since 12, 6 years of prison, and so much more,” he captioned the post. “I’ve managed to turn my life around and become the entrepreneur that I am today!!!!!!”
He added: “I’m going to be telling one of the best stories in #History this year #ThankGod yo daddy’s daddy ain’t even come like this #Shmurda.”
Following the rapper releasing his breakout single “Hot N—a” in 2014, he was hailed as one of the early pioneers of Brooklyn Drill Music. He was on track for superstardom before his rise was halted after being convicted on one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession.
The rapper copped a plea deal in September 2016 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon for his involvement in the GS9 gang. He was initially sentenced to seven years but was granted two years’ credit before the sentence was handed down.
While locked up, Shmurda racked up 11 violations, including possession of a prison shiv, drug possession, and fighting. He was eventually released from prison in February 2021.